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Last edited 04 Dec 2020
Self-build home: Acquire the plot
It is sensible to appoint a solicitor experienced in land transactions as this should make the process faster and reduce the risk that the plot will be lost to another buyer. The solicitor should be provided with any relevant information that was accumulated during the site assessments.
Sometimes an option can be agreed by which a deposit of, say 10%, secures the right for the self-builder to buy the plot at a certain price once planning permission has been obtained by the purchaser. The deposit is retained by the seller in the event of failure within an agreed timeframe.
The seller on the other hand might negotiate overage in the form of extra payment if more units or square footage of building are put on the site than was assumed in an outline planning consent. See Overage for more information.
- Appoint consultants to design the home, or;
- Appoint a contractor to design the home, or;
- Appoint a supplier to design a kit house.
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